Jun 23, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Academic and Campus Resources

To assist students with developing, progressing toward, and achieving their academic goals, the University provides many academic support services and campus resources for students.

Career and Student Development Center


The Career and Student Development (CSD) Center, located in Holbrook Student Union across from the campus bookstore, provides services for students and alumni related to career goals. Services are designed to assist with developing professional skills and to provide information about employment and internship opportunities. The CSD Center provides a variety of career-related services, including:

  • Career and major exploration
  • Career guidance and advisement
  • Professional document writing (e.g., résumé, cover letter, etc.)
  • Interview preparation and techniques
  • Job search strategies

The CSD Center is committed to serving students and employers and assisting both to meet employment needs. Through the biannual offerings of the Career Fair and the School District Recruitment Fair, students are provided with direct career and networking opportunities with employers. The CSD Center also coordinates informational sessions, on-campus recruitment, and job, internship, and career announcements.

Additional information may be obtained online at www.mcneese.edu/career or by calling (337) 475-5612.

Career Testing


Career testing, or career assessment, provides students with information intended to lead to greater self-understanding and to informed decisions about education and career goals. This information can be used to assist students in the process of selecting a major and/or career path.

The Counseling Center currently offers the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessments for a small fee. A free online assessment is also available to enrolled students. Students interested in career testing should complete the online request form available at www.mcneese.edu/counseling/services or call (337) 475-5136. Once the self-assessment is completed, a student schedules a follow-up career counseling appointment to discuss results and understand how to effectivly use them in the process of choosing a major and/or career.

Computer Labs


Open-access computer labs, provided by the University and the Technology Advancement Student Committee (TASC), are available for student use. TASC, funded through a student self-assessed fee dedicated to the purchase, upkeep, and management of technology for student and academic support, also operates the TASC Help Desk which assists students with password and computer-related issues. The TASC Help Desk, located in the Holbrook Student Union, can be contacted at (337) 475-5995 or helpdesk@mcneese.edu.

The Academic Computing Center, located in Kirkman Hall rooms 117E and 117D, is an open-access computer lab provided by the University. The computing center contains resources necessary to use current operating systems, such as Linux clusters and servers, apple-based computing, and Microsoft products, and consists of numerous computers, printers, scanners, as well as the user’s choice of operating systems and software such as Open Office or Microsoft Office. Additional information, including hours of operation, can be obtained at acc.mcneese.edu.

The Holbrook Ranch Computing Center, located in the Holbrook Student Union, is an open-access computer lab provided by TASC. The lab consists of approximately 65 computers, three flatbed scanners, and three laser printers. Additional information, including hours of operation, can be obtained at www.mcneese.edu/tasc/holbrook%20ranch%20computing%20center.

The Library Computing Center, normally housed on the second floor of the library, is an open-access computer lab provided by TASC. Due to library renovations, the Library Computing Center has been temporarily relocated to the Azalea Room in the Student Union Annex. The lab’s hours of operation are the same as those of the Parra Ballroom library location. Additional information, including hours of operation, can be obtained at library.mcneese.edu or www.mcneese.edu/tasc/library%20computing%20center.

Counseling Center


The Counseling Center, located in Kaufman Hall Room 112E, provides comprehensive mental health counseling services to all enrolled students. Counseling helps students to effectively manage daily stressors, experience personal growth and development, and succeed in fulfilling their academic goals. The Center is staffed by Licensed Professional Counselors and also serves as an internship site for graduate-level counseling interns from the McNeese counseling psychology program.

Counseling services are funded through a student self-assessed fee. No additional payment is required at the time counseling services are rendered. The Center also offers marital/family/couples counseling if at least one person participating is an enrolled student. Select assessments for learning disabilities are available by appointment.

Confidentiality is strictly maintained in accordance with state counseling ethical guidelines and applicable law. Records are kept separate from other university/academic records.

All enrolled students are invited to use the Counseling Center at any time during their academic enrollment. Students are encouraged to make appointments by calling (337) 475-5136, but walk-ins are available in the event of an emergency and crisis situations. Additional information may be obtained online at www.mcneese.edu/counseling.

Disability Services


The Office of Disability Services, located in Drew Hall Room 200, provides academic support services and academic adjustments for emotionally, physically, and learning impaired students enrolled at the University. For students with disabilities that qualify for academic adjustments, services provided may include monitored testing, interpreters, and note-taking. The Office of Disability Services operates under the guidelines of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended. Students seeking academic adjustments or assistance with barrier removal should contact the Office of Disability Services, who will then review the request, obtain necessary documentation, and determine the appropriate academic adjustment. More information may be obtained online at www.mcneese.edu/swd or by calling (337) 475-5916.

Foreign Languages Lab


The Foreign Languages Lab, located in Kaufman Hall Room 308, offers extensive tutoring for students enrolled in foreign language courses. The lab consists of computers with language programs and recording capabilities, study tables for small groups, and a Promethean board and Smart TV for group viewing. More information may be obtained from the student’s foreign language instructor.

Lether E. Frazar Memorial Library


The library is named for the first president of McNeese State University, Lether E. Frazar. The collections and services of the library are designed to complement the educational and research programs of the University.

The original building was erected in 1961. A four-story addition to the original structure was completed in 1974. A repair project and renovation was completed in 2016.

General Book Collection 

The general book collection is housed in open stack areas and is arranged by Library of Congress Subject Classification. The location of specific books may be determined by using the online catalog. Individuals borrowing books from the general collection must present an official University identification card, Friends of the Library card, or a LALINC card issued by another Louisiana institution of higher learning to an authorized person in the Public Services Department. Electronic books (e-books) are accessible through the library’s online catalog and are checked out online.

Reserve Materials

Books and articles designated by faculty for reading by members of a class may be obtained from the reserves section of the Public Services Department. The length of time that students may use reserve material is determined by the instructor. In addition, study guides for standardized tests are also available for limited check-out periods. Individuals must present a University or Friends of the Library identification card to an authorized person in the Public Services Department to borrow these materials.

Public Services

Personnel are available in the public service areas (Public Services, Interlibrary Loan, Serials, Government Information, and Archives) to provide assistance to library users. Information service may range from providing a simple direction to a more complex search for information using library databases and other materials.

The Public Services Department houses general and specialized materials including atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, abstracts, and book reviews. The department contains several computer workstations for students to use for information and research needs. There is also a large seating area amenable to group or individual study. 

The library catalog and many information databases covering all of the disciplines at McNeese are accessible from the library’s website. Library patrons needing assistance in using these resources are welcome to visit the public services librarians at the public services desk on the first floor, which is staffed during all library operating hours. Patrons may also call, email, or send an instant message to public services librarians for assistance. The public services librarians are also available by appointment for personalized research assistance.

Public services librarians also conduct library instruction classes at the request of faculty. These sessions cover the use of the catalog to find print and electronic books; the use of databases to find scholarly journal articles and other types of materials; information evaluation; and academic integrity.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Through its interlibrary loan service, the library will borrow materials necessary for research if the material is not available on-site. Material borrowed through interlibrary loan is subject to the rules of the lending library. Requests can be submitted electronically. Services have been enhanced by an electronic delivery system for articles, a statewide union catalog, and a courier service.

Government Information Services

The Government Information collection is located on the fourth floor of the library. The library is a selective federal depository for United States government information on various subjects. It is a complete depository for Louisiana documents and receives some publications of international, local, and regional governmental bodies. Some federal, state, and international information is accessible in electronic formats. Holdings are listed in the library’s online catalog and many items may be checked-out.

Periodicals Collection

The library’s periodicals collection is housed on the second floor of the library and includes magazines, journals, and newspapers. These may be available as unbound individual issues, bound back volumes, or as microforms. Full-text e-journals are accessible by searching EBSCO Discovery Service on the library’s website. Readers and printers for microforms are also available in the Millet Room on the second floor.

Archives and Special Collections 

The Archives and Special Collections Department maintains materials which reflect the history of McNeese, Lake Charles, and Southwest Louisiana area. Materials include published resources, such as McNeese Review, the Contraband, the Log, student theses, rare books, and local history books. The department also collects archival resources, including personal papers, business records, correspondence, photographic materials, audiovisual materials, works of art, and maps. The department maintains an online digital library of images and other electronic resources beneficial to using and accessing our materials.

Online Systems

Through its membership in OCLC, the world’s largest online bibliographic utility, the library is capable of providing shared cataloging data and obtaining access to research collections nationally and internationally through interlibrary loan. As a charter member of LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, the library provides users with access to online resources at a lower cost than would be possible without statewide collaborative effort.  Additional materials needed to support the University’s academic needs are purchased independently by the library and are available in both print and online formats.  Electronic resources and services are available through the library’s website. Because of licensing agreements, off-campus access to most online resources is restricted to students, faculty, and other authorized users through remote authentication.

Computer Lab

A TASC computer lab exclusively for students is located on the first floor of the library across from the coffee shop. It is equipped with personal computers and printing facilities, and it is open during most hours of library operation. Users have free access to word processing software, e-mail, and Internet-based resources. Some full-text materials are accessible via the LOUIS system and the library’s website. In addition, the library maintains a computer facility in the Public Services Department to accommodate the needs of all non-student library users. Furthermore, the library maintains computer workstations throughout the building that are available for all library users.

Special Services

Photocopiers, audio and video equipment, scanners, large group meeting rooms, group study rooms, and individual study areas are available. A coffee shop can also be found in the lobby.

Friends of the Library

Membership in the Friends of the Library group is open to anyone except McNeese students. Friends are entitled to all library privileges, such as borrowing materials and interlibrary loan. Membership may be used as a means to place books in the collection in honor of or in memory of someone. Funds generated by Friends of the Library memberships sponsor special library activities such as readings, lectures, exhibits, and workshops. Friends receive special invitations to all library sponsored events.

Literature Lab


The Literature Lab, located in the Write to Excellence Center, Drew 234, is a resource for students to discuss reading materials. Tutors help students learn how to annotate and create useful notes on readings; understand literary terms, techniques, and concepts; decipher poetic and/or archaic language; identify central themes and issues; and locate where problems of misinterpretation arise. Hours of operation are posted at www.mcneese.edu/writingcenter and at the WTE Center. Appointments can be made by calling (337) 562-4205 or by registering at mcneese.mywconline.com. See dropdown menu to choose ‘Lit Lab’ on mcneese.mywconline.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Mathlab Tutoring Center


The  Mathlab Tutoring Center, located in Kirkman Hall Room 201, provides tutoring for students enrolled in Math 113, College Algebra. The ACC Tutoring Center works on a first-come, first-served basis, so no appointments are necessary. To view tutoring times, visit acc.mcneese.edu/ttcenters.

Student Health Services


Student Health Services, located in Watkins Infirmary, provides medical care for minor illnesses and injuries to currently enrolled students at no charge. Student Health Services is staffed with full-time registered nurses. During specified hours, physicians are available in the infirmary. Student Health Services operations are supported by student self-assessed fee.

Students in need of extended care of chronic or serious health problems are referred to local hospitals, medical offices, and ancillary health care service providers and should be prepared to present personal health insurance information and make appropriate payment arrangements for services received in these facilities.

In addition to acute medical care, Student Health Services provides wellness program and general health information to students and the campus community. Walk-in appointments with registered nurses are available anytime during regular office hours. Physician appointments should be scheduled in advance. Questions about health issues and available services or requests for consultations and appointments with healthcare providers should be directed to the staff by calling (337) 475-5748. Additional information may be obtained online at www.mcneese.edu/healthservices.

Testing Services


The Office of Testing Services, located in Burton Business Center Room 211B, offers testing services for college entrance and placement examinations (ACT, ACCUPLACER), graduate and professional school examinations (GRE, LSAT), licensing examinations (PRAXIS), national credit examinations (CLEP), and college correspondence course exams. Appointments are required for all exams and may be made online at www.registerblast.com/mcneese/Exam or in person at the Testing Services office. Additional information, inluding exams offered, testing dates, and applicable fees, may be obtained at www.mcneese.edu/testing or by contacting Testing Services at (337) 475-5181.

Tutoring Center


The Tutoring Center, located in Kirkman Hall Room 129, provides tutoring for students enrolled in math, biology, chemistry, physics, and/or engineering courses. To view tutoring times and subjects being tutored, visit acc.mcneese.edu/ttcenters.

Write to Excellence Center


The Write to Excellence Center (WTEC), located in Drew Hall Room 234, aids students in strengthening writing skills and in thinking critically about their own writing. Besides offering feedback on written work, tutors provide students with guidance and help on the development of all aspects of the writing process, including brainstorming, theses, content, and citations. Tutors also provide students with assistance in any discipline or form of professional development, including résumé development, reports in technical fields, and academic writing and/or publications. While tutors do not proof-read written work, they do assist students in the development of personal proof-reading skills. Hours of operation are posted at www.mcneese.edu/writingcenter and at the WTE Center. Appointments can be made by calling (337) 562-4205 or by registering at mcneese.mywconline.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.